How to Clean Large Stuffed Animals and Teddy Bears

Stuffed teddy bear with red bowtie and bunny next to cleaning materials

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Kids love to collect large stuffed animals and teddy bears. However, over time, well-loved plush toys can hold a lot of dust, germs, dust mites, and other allergens. Many stuffed animals and plush toys are often given to children at birth with the hopes of being their lifelong companions. So, it's important to find a safe way to clean stuffed animals to preserve the child's toy not only for play but for their health, too.

Different types of toys need different cleaning methods, but stuffed toys may seem daunting to clean. Large stuffed animals and teddy bears are easy to clean when using the "Teddy Needs a Bath" bag. Just place the teddy bear, stuffed toy, or baby doll in this zippered, canvas bag. Close it up, wash it in a front-loading washer, and then dry it in the dryer on a low heat setting.

Your child's favorite stuffed toy will emerge clean and fluffy, smelling good-as-new, too! Got pet toys that need washing? Teddy Needs a Bath can be used for pet toys.


This product is simple and easy to use. Teddy Needs a Bath is a very large, zippered, 100 percent cotton canvas, an eco-friendly bag that can hold stuffed animals, baby dolls, teddy bears, plush toys, and pet toys. The dimensions of the bag are 20 inches by 22 inches.

Washing Procedure

  1. Place the stuffed animal or plush toy inside and zip the bag. Using a front-loading washing machine, the type with a door on the front or a top-loading washer without an internal agitator is recommended.
  2. If the toy has a soundbox, this will need to be removed before it is washed, Teddy Needs a Bath cannot protect all stuffed animals with sounds from malfunctioning.
  3. Drop the bag inside the washing machine, close the lid or door, and wash the bag of toys on a delicate setting. Once the wash is complete, remove it from the washing machine and place it in the dryer on a low heat setting.
  4. Always read the tag on the stuffed toy or doll to make sure that it is machine washable. Some items cannot be machine washed.
White stuffed teddy bear placed in laundry bag for cleaning

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Battery pack removed from back of stuffed white teddy bear before cleaning

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Laundry bag with stuffed animal placed in dryer on low heat

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Care labels on stuffed animal being read before cleaning

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Helpful Additional Information

Safety testing reported that Teddy Needs a Bath removes 99.9 percent of germs and other microorganisms like E.coli.

The company has reported multiple brands, doll types, and doll fabrics have been successful when washed in the Teddy Needs a Bath bag include: chenille, polyester, cotton, dolls with plastic faces and stuffed bodies, Beanie Babies, The Pillow Pet, Infantino, GUND, and any toys that rattle and squeak. 

For those who wash the toys and teddy bears inside the Teddy Needs a Bath bag, do not put the bag in the dryer. Take the toys out of the bag after they are washed. At this point, they will resemble a wet dog with matted hair. Let the toys air-dry, then use a brush on the fur, and it will be soft, fluffy, and good as new. When you wash the toys in the bag and place them in the dryer, they will emerge fluffy and will not need to be brushed.

Don't waste the water and time to wash just one toy in the bag. Gather up as many toys as will comfortably fit.

Children love to bring their stuffed animals, teddy bears, and dolls out into the world, to their relatives' houses, in the car, and on vacation. These toys can come in contact with any number of germs and allergens in the process and begin to smell over time. It's important to clean toys and stuffed animals.

Teddy Needs a Bath is a great way to not only keep your child's precious friend clean but safe even after many washes so that it can withstand the test of time.

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